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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-30

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    The Bicommunal Forum Cypriots Voice, which held a meeting recently in the village of Agros, has expressed its deep concern over the approach of new Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu regarding the policy of two states in Cyprus.

    In its joint communique, the Forum notes we expect intensification and acceleration of the negotiation process with a view to reaching an agreement towards the end of 2010.

    Referring to Eroglus political views, the Forum notes that notwithstanding Eroglus past positions, we take note of the readiness expressed in his letter of 23 April 2010 to the UNSG for the continuation of the talks from where they were left in line with 23 May 2008 joint statement.

    We also note with deep concern the two state approach in the same letter, which should not dominate the future of the negotiations. Whether the two state approach emanates from decision makers of Turkey or be it Eroglus position, it will not be helpful for any positive developments in the negotiation process, it is stressed.


    The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Cyprus in March 2010 has reached 6.7%, compared to 6.4% in February, according to figures issued on Friday by Eurostat. The unemployment rate in Cyprus for males was 6.5%, while the female unemployment rate was 6.9% and in youth under 25, it was 17.8%.

    The euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in March 2010, the same as in February, the figures showed. Eurostat said it was 9.1% in March 2009. The EU271 unemployment rate was 9.6% in March 2010, unchanged compared with February. It was 8.5% in March 2009.

    Eurostat estimates that 23.130 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 15.808 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in March 2010. Compared with February 2010, the number of persons unemployed increased by 123 000 in the EU27 and by 101000 in the euro area. Compared with March 2009, unemployment went up by 2.546 million in the EU27 and by 1.389 million in the euro area.

    Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands (4.1%) and Austria (4.9%), and the highest rates in Latvia (22.3%) and Spain (19.1%).


    Elena Papazoglu, Kyriacos Karatzis and Socratis Iordanou may be bringing in medals for Cyprus in the 2010 European Laser Masters Championship, in Limassol, Cyprus.

    According to the organisers, Karatzis is leading overall with three penalty points difference from Dominican competitor Ari Barshi.

    Iordanou climbed to tenth place and has chances to reach sixth place, while Karatzis is also first in his category with Iordanou following in third place.

    First in the Great Grand Masters is Mike Kinnear from the United Kingdom, first in the Grand Masters is Wolfgang Gerz from Germany, and first in the Masters is Ari Barshi from the Dominical Republic.

    Papazoglu, according to a press release, is keeping up the good performance, despite adverse weather conditions with strong winds.

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